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Counselling and Outdoor Therapy
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 1st November 2022

About me

  • I offer a free 10 minute telephone consultation to chat about what you might need, feel free to contact me
  • I offer outdoor walking sessions,  and telephone sessions
  • I am an Experienced and Accredited Counsellor with 14 years post-qualification experience.
  • Read my published articles below 

Am I being selfish?’ - a much asked question in therapy,  published on 30th September, 2021

How does change happen? published on 24th May, 2020

Some thoughts on outdoor therapy…, published on 2nd April, 2019

Deciding to come to counselling is definitely the first step. It can be a tough decision though, including finding the right therapist for you! Remember that working with an experienced therapist will probably require less sessions than with someone less experienced. I have over fourteen years of post-qualification experience. Here are some testimonials from people I have worked with:

'I was sceptical about counselling..... but you have been an amazing support and have changed my outlook on life... arming me with the skills to go forward. I really appreciate how you have rebuilt me and re-established my resilience....I'm ready for the world again now.. thank you so much '  October 2020

' I can live and grow round past events rather than wanting to remove them. Having Mandy to listen, talk with and help navigate my feelings and perceptions was invaluable, the result was increased self esteem and a general feeling that it's going to be better than OK! I would definitely recommend. Thanks Mandy.' August 2020

I offer walking therapy.

I can help you with:

  • anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder and panic attacks
  • depression, low mood, feeling sad, lack of motivation
  • low self-esteem and low confidence
  • social anxiety
  • heightened stress, feeling overloaded and overwhelmed
  • work stress, performance anxiety, redundancy, retirement
  • relationship issues, including separation and divorce
  • health issues including menopause
  • loss or bereavement
  • family issues including with children and their education
  • past issues that repeatedly return and affect how you feel

You may feel sad, burdened, and lacking in energy. This is the time to get some support for yourself. I can help you to figure out what needs to change.

Being in nature can offer a different way to connect with ourselves. Working outdoors might involve walking, exploring an area or sitting in one place.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified as a Counsellor in 2007 (BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling) and have a Degree (BA Honours) in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Leicester.

In 2018 I completed a Certificate in Environmentally Based Therapy which involved 15 days training in therapeutic work outdoors plus 100 hours online study time.

I have additional training in other models including Transactional Analysis and CBT.

I have worked independently as a counsellor since 2010.

I have 14 years of qualified experience in a variety of settings. These include :

  • An NHS Service offering brief therapy for depression, anxiety and other issues
  • for employees focusing on work-related issues
  • education – working with children and families in schools
  • bereavement services
  • sexual abuse/violence services
  • women's centre
  • GP practice - primary care mental health service
  • university student/staff counselling service
  • independent service for military families

I previously worked in mental health services for ten years, including: working with young people on a rehabilitation ward in a private psychiatric hospital; in residential community support for people with severe and enduring mental health problems and as a mental health advocate for Craven Advocacy.

I offer confidential counselling and work to the guidelines of the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I access counselling supervision in line with BACP guidelines via an external supervisor; your identity will be kept in confidence.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Rape
Childhood sexual abuse

Photos & videos

Fees

From £55.00 to £65.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Telephone sessions are 50 minutes.

Walking sessions are up to an hour.

Fees are between £55 and £65 per session. Charges are based upon my level of experience. Fewer sessions are usually needed with a more experienced therapist. Concessions may be available.

Please feel free to give me a call or e-mail about your particular needs.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Flexible availability, daytime and evening - please ring, text or e-mail to chat about your needs.

I am on sabbatical during August, September and October 2022. Thank you.

Further information

I can offer short or long term work to suit your needs.

I am based in Steeton, easily accessed by car. 

All e-mail and phone messages are confidential and accessed solely be me.

Steeton, Keighley, West Yorks, BD20

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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One step into the garden and three steps into cabin.